Business Insider just recently posted an article entitled “A Rare Look inside the Monte Carlo Casino, The World’s Most Spectacular Gambling Den.” I found it rather interesting and you may too.
The article, which was rather a collection of 25 different pictures, is an insider's look into the Monte Carlo Casino with a few interesting facts and introductions to boot. The pictures reveal ornate casino rooms, restaurants, lobbies and bars. The décor is more reminiscent of the Roaring 20’s than of a world still in existence today. Perhaps it is still a world untouched as it has been run by the Monaco government and the ruling family, the Grimald’s since the 1800s.
The Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco, featured in multiple “James Bond” movies, is a place where cameras are strictly prohibited but just until recently, Eric Gaillard, a Reuter’s photographer gained access to the casino for three days to tell the tale. There are many interesting facts and stories surrounding the casino and its development but today is one of the world’s grandest casino destinations. Most rooms are accessible to the public but some are reserved only for known high-rollers while interestingly enough, the casino itself it not accessible to the citizens of Monaco.
The casino is located in a tiny providence in the French Riviera and is the pride of Monte Carlo, the main source of revenue to the small state. Interestingly, the reason for the casinos inauguration, back in 1863, was an effort conceived to save Monaco’s House of Grimaldi from bankruptcy. The architecture is done in the “Belle Époque” style and is enough to set the most indifferent, staring wide-eyed into an uncharted world known only by a select number of people.
The doors of the casino open at 2 p.m. and the valets escort people driving up in Ferraris, Bentleys and Rolls-Royces. Inside, the casino is as grand, dressed in Beaux Arts architecture inspired by novelist Ian Fleming’s casino in his first Bond novel, “Casino Royale.” Everywhere the eye looks from floor to ceiling is a work of art with the entire edifice filled with lavish paintings, sculptures, and golden accents.
After 8 p.m., men in the casino must wear a sports jacket in the private gaming rooms where plaques worth up to $274,380 are laid out on tables. Stacks of cards are kept in a special stock room that is kept at 20°C “like fine, vintage wines.” The Casino de Monte Carlo offers all the same games as in any other European and American casino from roulette to blackjack to craps, poker and slots. Special tapestry, woodworkers and specialists in tapestry and embroidery maintain the gambling tables and long-standing employees have been serving clients for years.
On the more morbid side of all that pomp and prestige is a room called “the morgue” a small room where the parking valets sit when things are slow which was said to be the place “to hold the bodies of desperate gamblers, who lost their fortune and immediately killed themselves with a pistol shot, while still seated at the gaming tables.”
As depressing as a major financial loss can be for some, remember that every man’s loss is another man’s gain. The Monte Carlo Casino provides for the people of Monaco, the casino means no taxes for its citizens and social needs are resolved without them. Although it’s more likely that the foreign tourists will pass over the coffer, there is always the exception to the rule. For now, however, it seems that Monaco is ahead of the game.